BESTSELLERS

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh. Read full book review >
THE BOSTON GIRL by Anita Diamant

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2014
Enjoyable fiction with a detailed historical backdrop, this sweet tale is paradigmatic book club fare, but we expect something more substantial from the author of The Red Tent (1997) and The Last Days of Dogtown (2005).Read full book review >

GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
An abundantly diverting mystery seasoned with mild fantasy and just a little steampunk. (Mystery/fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
YODA by Beth Stern
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
Proceeds go to the North Shore Animal League America, which is probably the best thing that can be said about this well-meaning but unsuccessful story. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2014
But exemplary first and second acts are enough to make this the most successful melding to date of Rosato & DiNunzio's cases and Scottoline's family-centered stand-alones (Keep Quiet, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

ROGUE KNIGHT by Brandon Mull

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
A flaccid, phoned-in sequel. (Fantasy. 10-13)Read full book review >
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP by Al Michaels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
A playful puppy of a memoir about a big dog career. Read full book review >
THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL by Brooke Shields
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
Shields writes with considerable reflection; she's done the hard work of making sense of the contradictions in her mother, and now we get the benefit of her sharing what she's learned. Read full book review >
THE CINDERELLA MURDER by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
The continuing sleuth easily substitutes for Clark's interchangeable damsels in distress, and Burke brings a sharp legal eye to the proceedings. This serendipitous series launch, or continuation, will satisfy Clark's legion of fans and may well win her some new ones. Read full book review >
THE ESCAPE by David Baldacci

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
A book that will entertain some readers but won't linger after the final page. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF LEGENDS by Lisa McMann

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014
Given its numerous details, this fourth book will only be "wanted" by the series' fan base. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 11, 2014
This fine adaptation ably brings an inspiring tale to younger readers. (notes, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >